Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker star as a pair of hard-hitting South African policemen on the township beat.
Selected to be the closing film at Cannes, the movie follows the adventures of Brian Epkeen and Ali Sokhela as they investigate a massacre in Cape Town. Having found traces of a mystery substance on the crime scene, the plot inevitably leads to a deeper conspiracy, one in which the perpetrators are plotting a sinister crime of epic proportions.
Set 20 years after the official end of apartheid, both men struggle through the investigation attempting to banish their own ghosts – Whitaker to dispel the harrowing images of his father’s violent death while Bloom deals with an ex-wife and neglected teenage son.
But the two attempt to put their personal lives aside and investigate an ethnic time bomb that threatens the newfound relative peace of the country.
It’s a film that ultimately rips open the wounds of a segregated era and heaps more shocking violence onto an already painful past.
While the crimson splatter may drown out the social questions that director Jérôme Salle is trying to ask about integration, the cinematography is gorgeous. From rambling shantytowns to bright sandy beaches, the viewers will find themselves being pulled into the perils of South African police investigations.
Review by Tom Robertson
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